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AP-TX--Texas News Digest 12 am, TX

September 25, 2018

Good morning! Here’s a look at AP’s general news coverage in Texas at this hour. Questions about coverage plans are welcome and should be directed to the Dallas AP at 972-991-2100, or, in Texas, 800-442-7189. Email: aptexas@ap.org. Ken Miller is at the desk after 5:30 a.m.

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For up-to-the minute information on AP’s coverage, visit Coverage Plan at newsroom.ap.org.

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TEXAS GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS:

SUPREME COURT-KAVANAUGH

WASHINGTON — Brett Kavanaugh says he won’t let “false accusations” drive him from his quest to win Senate confirmation to the Supreme Court. That’s part of an aggressive drive by President Donald Trump and top Republicans to rally the public and GOP senators behind Kavanaugh’s teetering nomination. Trump and Republican leaders are accusing Democrats of a smear campaign by using accusations by two women of sexual misconduct by Kavanaugh in the 1980s to try scuttling his Senate confirmation. No. 2 Senate GOP leader, John Cornyn of Texas, said the panel could vote on sending Kavanaugh’s nomination to the full Senate as early as Friday. By Alan Fram and Lisa Mascaro. UPCOMING: 880 words, photos, video, audio by 2 a.m. Moving on national political news services.

AROUND THE STATE & NATION:

DALLAS OFFICER-MISTAKEN APARTMENT

DALLAS — A white Dallas police officer who fatally shot her black neighbor inside his own apartment has been fired the same day the man was being buried in his Caribbean homeland. Police Chief U. Renee Hall dismissed Officer Amber Guyger during a hearing, according to the Police Department. Guyger is charged with manslaughter in the Sept. 6 shooting that left 26-year-old Botham Jean dead, and she was fired because of her arrest, according to the department. Court records show Guyger said she thought she had encountered a burglar inside her own home. She was arrested three days later and is currently out on bond. The family’s attorneys, along with protesters, have been calling for Guyger to be fired since the shooting. In a statement, the attorneys said they see the termination as an initial victory. “However, we are committed to seeing through the next steps of the process of a proper murder indictment, conviction and appropriate sentencing,” they said in the statement. By Ryan Tarinelli. SENT: 770 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

— RESTAURANT ILLNESS — Health officials have said they are investigating a currently unidentified outbreak after 51 people reported falling ill after a visit to a Fayetteville restaurant. SENT: 140 words.

— WILLIAMS COUNTY FATALITIES — The North Dakota Highway Patrol says two people died in a three-vehicle crash in Williams County. SENT: 100 words.

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